Four London Wine Clubs Worth Joining

Four London Wine Clubs Worth Joining

London’s new-generation wine clubs offer open-to-all tastings and physical spaces for grape geeks to congregate in. Here are four favourites

this: you’re sitting in an effortlessly chic lounge
beneath a Haggerston railway arch. In hand, a glass of something
wild and earthy, a little juicy, quite light. Julien Courtois’ 2014
100%, say. It’s given you an ABV glow one glass in, and you’ve just
struck up a conversation with a fellow oenophile, seated

Welcome to one of the new London wine clubs changing how we drink. The
capital’s bottle scene has been on the move for a while. First, we
fell for natural bins accompanied by small plates. Now, we’re ready
to learn more about them and find like-minded communities to enjoy
a glass (or two) with. Bottle snobbery has vanished, and delivery
services are promising to cull the jargon and send you wines based
on your vibe, rather than your choice of vintage. Sold-out tastings
are being advertised on posters that could be promoting nights out.
And for the truly committed? The new breed of wine club provides a
physical space in which grape geeks can congregate, fostering
ready-made communities centred around all things wine (whatever
your knowledge level).

Here are four we’re signing up to.

Grape expectations: the London wine clubs we’re raising a glass

Minimalism interiors at Planque
Photo credit: Jeff Boudreau


This Haggerston clubhouse, tucked under a brace of railway
arches, provides a physical space in which oenophiles can geek out
over grapes. There are no red-trousered wine buffs around here;
just Hackney types in fisherman’s hats and Carhartt jackets talking
pet nats and carbonic reds. Opened in autumn 2021, the clean-cut
space was brought to life by Danish interior designers Studio X and
includes a members’ lounge, cellar, shop and restaurant run by
Sebastian Myers (the last accessible to non-members, too).

Membership is open to all, with benefits including 72
bottles-worth of storage in the Planque cellar (that’s three cases
of wine), lounge and private-dining access, priority restaurant
reservations, a two-bottle monthly corkage allowance (anything on
top of that is £10 a bottle), a wine concierge service, exclusive
invitations to club tastings and dinners and discounts at the
Plaque wine store. If you’re hoping to try before you sign up, we’d
recommend heading to the restaurant for a dinner of modern French
food (think creamy guinea fowl parfait and braised piattone beans
over pork jowl ragout), paired with a wine list of rare and
interesting bottles, naturally.

What it costs: £80 monthly, or £880 annually,
with a £150 joining fee.


322-324 Acton Mews, E8 4EA

Two people tasting wines at Dalston Wine Club

Dalston Wine Club

Wine and food writer Hannah Crosbie launched her inclusive event
series to demystify the wine world and show that having a palate
for a good bottle doesn’t require a trust fund. The title? It’s
ironic; this club is for everyone – no membership required.
Intimate and personal, Crosbie’s events are billed like Corsica
Studios line-ups, with bold one-off poster designs announcing
beaujolais nouveau tastings and evenings with female wine producers
at various locations. The club will soon be moving to a permanent
home at bar and restaurant Rondo La Cave. Ticket numbers are capped, so
you’ll need to be quick if you want one – they always sell out.

What it costs: £35 per event.

A bottle of wine, wine glass and sandwich on an orange table
Photo credit: Harriet Langford


Oranj started life as an online shop during lockdown, with a
membership programme, Club Oranj, launched soon after. You can
expect monthly bottle deliveries (complete with complementary
curated mix tapes, tasting notes and a frame-worthy poster by an
artist or design studio), plus early-bird access to tastings and
music events when you sign up. Bottles are exclusively made by
small-scale producers, with a focus on natural, low-intervention,
biodynamic and organic bins. Founder Jasper Delamothe calls the
selection “interesting wines” – his relationships with small,
independent vineyards means the club has access to rare bottles
you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Membership is on a
first-come-first-served basis, so you’ll need to regularly check
the website to see if places are available, or hope an existing
member invites you along. The Oranj team has recently opened a
185sq m warehouse bar and kitchen on Shoreditch’s Bacon Street, too.

What it costs: The two-tier scheme offers £50
and £100 monthly membership rates, which includes two or five
bottles of natural wine curated by Oranj and a guest sommelier,
respectively, plus an artist-commissioned poster.


14 Bacon St, E1 6LF

Two wine glasses on a table

Cave Cuvée

“CAVE OPEN”, reads the neon-orange sign at the door of Cave
Cuvée: no subscription is necessary here – good news for those
wanting to get to grips with improving their grape knowledge. The
founders of Highbury restaurant Top Cuvée hit on a golden formula
after launching an online wine shop during the pandemic; cheery
support from London’s bottle buffs led to the opening of a Bethnal
Green Road store, which also twilights as the group’s education
arm. Head down on a Wednesday to join one of the regular, ticketed
natural wine tastings, during which you’ll learn the difference
between carbos and sangos (while scoffing oysters, charcuterie and
cheese), or find your peculiarity of choice at one of Cave Cuvée’s
one-off celebratory events, from NYE parties to vodka-fuelled

What it costs: Held weekly, A Natural Wine
Masterclass costs from £45.


250A Bethnal Green Rd, E2 0AA

A vivid blue dining space

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